Peak Strawberry Picking time in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

July 7, 2014 Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM CDT

Iron River, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- Rows and rows of ripe red strawberries freckled the fields of Johnson's Berry Patch as the picking season kicked off.

"We must have had about one hundred cars here for the first day," said Arnold Johnson, owner of Johnson's Berry Patch in Iron River, Wisconsin.

Nearly thirteen thousand strawberry plants fill two acres of land at the family farm.

"We started it in 1950 and in 1952 we had our first crop," said Johnson.

The brutally cold winter and late spring delayed this year's berry crop by about a week.

"It took a longer time for the plants to develop and also for the blooming period, it's extended and also the ripening period was extended," said Johnson.

Year after year generations of families flock to the fields to fill their buckets with plump, luscious berries. One of those people is Craig Strauman, a loyal Johnson's Berry Farm Customer.

"I've been coming out here for probably over 15 years, maybe a little longer, but they're so good you keep coming back," said Strauman.

For the Johnsons, the best part is seeing the fruits of the their labor.

"They do enjoy picking, they enjoy being here, and we love having them," said Gloria Johnson.

Johnson's Berry Patch will be open for the next two weeks.

Hours are 8 am to noon daily. You can contact Johnson's Berry Patch at 715-372-8763. The farm is located at 2705 West Colby Road in Iron River, WI.

Written and Posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati